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Day nursery operator

Happy Days is a day care operator for children between three months and five years. It was founded by Robin and Sarah Karkeek out of their own needs for childcare. It offers both full day care and sessional care that provide parents and their children flexible times at the nurseries to suit their individual needs.


Becoming a top national nursery chain

Livingbridge’s investment will support the business to expand, both organically and through acquisition, with Livingbridge providing further funding for development. Since investment as well as adding to the senior team, Happy Days has re-sited its Derriford NHS nursery in Plymouth and opened several new nurseries, including in Exeter and Bristol. It has a strong pipeline of future site opportunities to pursue. 


“Happy Days is now ready and positioned to expand, and the positive involvement of Livingbridge provides the necessary support and experience to help Management achieve its ambitions. It’s going to be an exciting journey and everybody at Happy Days looks forward to working with the team at Livingbridge.”

Co-Founder, Happy Days 



Business formed by husband and wife team


Livingbridge invest to support the roll out and expansion of the business 


Happy Days recognized as one of the top five chains nationally based on Ofsted ratings


Open new nursery site in Exeter


New site openings in Cheswick Village and Bradley Stoke, Bristol


All Ofsted inspections that have taken place for Happy Days so far receive Outstanding ratings


New site opening in Thornbury


Livingbridge reaches an agreement to sell the fund and investment management business of Livingbridge VC LLP, comprising the Baronsmead VCTs and the Livingbridge Equity Funds, to Gresham House plc.